Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 86: 300: Rise of an Empire, Non-Stop, and The Grand Budapest Hotel

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.


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300: Rise of an Empire.  According to Martin Luther:  “Blood alone moves the wheels of history.”  One thing’s for sure, blood certainly moves a wheel or two in Hollywood’s latest version of Greek history.


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Non-Stop.  For the Misfits, the only thing non-stop about Liam Neeson’s new film is their disagreement about what does and doesn’t work.


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The Grand Budapest Hotel. If M. Gustave were to describe the appeal of Wes Anderson’s dark screwball comedy to his lobby boy, Zero, he would certainly say that it had a certain je ne sais quoi. The Misfits, however, might just say, “It’s the best film of the year,” and leave it at that.


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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 85: Lone Survivor, RoboCop, and The Monuments Men

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.


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Lone Survivor.  Both Steve and Lou support this film version of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s harrowing true-life story of survival.  Jim, however, remains the “lone dissenter.”


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RoboCop.  Surprisingly, this remake turns out to be more than just a soulless, mechanical re-animating of an 80s hit.  While retaining and updating the original’s high-tech effects, it also manages to hold onto some of it’s heart and brains.


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Bonus Tidbit Episode: The 86th Academy Awards

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The Oscar Telecast.  It came, it bored, and it may very well still be going on.


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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 84: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.


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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Mitty is an anonymous everyman who uses fantasy as a way to escape from his… important and creatively rewarding job at LIFE magazine?  And his… understanding and supportive mother?  Not to mention his…new girlfriend who thinks he’s terrific?  Wait a minute.  Is this Mitty’s real life or one of his fantasies?


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American Hustle.  It’s less about Abscam than the bad hair decisions made by men in the 70s.  Bale has an elaborate comb over, Cooper sports a self-administered perm, and Renner tops off his head with an impressive pompadour.  It’s a regular rogue’s gallery of unfortunate hairstyles.


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The Wolf of Wall Street.  Even though Martin Scorsese’s stock soared with Hugo, creatively he now finds himself in a bear market with The Wolf of Wall Street.


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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 83: Saving Mr. Banks, Her, and August: Osage County

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6 ‘n 90. Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.


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Saving Mr. Banks.  Not even a spoonful of sugar can get the Misfits to swallow this film.


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Her.  It doesn’t take place in a dystopian future.  The frame isn’t filled with high-tech CGI effects.  And humanity hasn’t managed to all but wipe itself out.  What kind of science fiction film is this, anyway?  The kind that can surprise and move you.


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Cinema Misfits, Episode 82: Dallas Buyers Club, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Philomena

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.


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Dallas Buyers Club.  First Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds to be in Les Miserables, and now Matthew McConaughey loses even more weight for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.  In the future, Academy members won’t vote for best actor but will hold a weigh-in, and whoever comes in lowest will take the Oscar.


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Inside Llewyn Davis.  Even though critics seem to love Inside Llewyn Davis, fans of folk music probably haven’t been this outraged since Dylan went “electric” at the Newport Folk Festival.


Philomena
Philomena.  This is the story of a woman who was forced by a convent to sign away the parental rights to her young son, and of her 50 year search to find him.  You know, sometimes it seems like it takes that long to find a decent movie at the local multiplex, but if you go to see this film, both your search, and Philomena’s, will have a happy ending.


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Cinema Misfits, Episode 81: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Out of the Furnace, and Rush

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in 90 seconds.


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  While not quite a bullseye, Catching Fire is far from being a “bouncer.”  In this segment, Katarina Aguilar joins the Misfits to discuss the film adaptation of the second book in The Hunger Games series.


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Out of the Furnace.  It’s less about revenge and bare-knuckle fighting than it is about Christian Bale stoically emoting.


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Rush.  Ron Howard’s new film is a flag to flag winner.  Great story, great characters, and great racing action from beginning to end.


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